PhD position in lipids, autophagy and retina (Dijon, France) CFATG
PhD position in lipids, autophagy and retina (Dijon, France)

PhD position in the role of lipids in the physiology and dysfunctions of the retina

Research group of Marie-Agnès Bringer, team “Eye, Nutrition and Cell Signaling” (headed by Niyazi Acar), Centre for Taste and Feeding Behavior (CSGA), INRA, Dijon, France.

Application deadline: July 15, 2019
Starting date: October 01, 2019.
Duration: 36 months

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This position will be based at Dijon (France). The applicant will join the “Eye, Nutrition and Cell Signaling” team whose research aims at studying the roles of lipids in the physiology and dysfunctions of the retina in relation to retinopathies. This research group is part of the Centre for Taste and Feeding Behavior (CSGA). The successful applicant will get into a dynamic environment of researchers and teacher working on the sensory perception of food, the eating behaviors and their health consequences.

Project:

Autophagy is a critical regulator of cell homeostasis and metabolism, and its regulation is highly sensitive to nutritional variations. It has a well-recognized role in maintaining the structure and function of the retina. A decline of autophagy activity is observed during physiological aging of the retina and in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the primary cause of blindness in industrialized countries. The retina is particularly sensitive to diet and particularly lipid variations. Our objectives are to study whether lipids in diet have an impact on the decline of autophagy during aging.

Candidate profile:

We are seeking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD candidate with a desire to move forward research in nutrition and health.
We aim to explore impact of lipids on the molecular mechanism of autophagy in the retina during aging. Thus, the ideal candidate should have a strong background and previous experience in molecular and cell biology.
Previous experience working with mice is preferred.
Experience in lipid analysis, cell biology of the retina or electrophysiology of the retina will be appreciated.
Strong communication and team working skills are required.

Application:

Please send the following documents (all in one PDF file) by e-mail to “indicate contact email” : marie-agnes.bringer(at)inra.fr:

1) For EU candidates: Copy of your national ID card or of your passport page where your photo is printed.
For non-EU candidates: Copy of your passport page where your photo is printed.

2) Curriculum Vitae (1 page).

3) Letter of motivation relatively to the position (1 page).

4) Copy of your Master degree and/or Engineer degree if already available.
5) Copy of your final marks and ranks.

6) Coordinates of reference persons (maximum 3, at least your master thesis supervisor): Title, Name, organization, e-mail.

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact the supervisor.

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